Driver caught doing 162kmh
POLICE are relieved there had been no fatalities during the weekend's road blitz Operation Slowdown, but disappointed in a significant increase in speeding and other driving infringements.
Northern Region traffic co-ordinator Sergeant Bill Darnell said compared with 2011, the number of speeding drivers was up by 57 and there were 84 more fines issued for other traffic infringements.
During the operation, officers across the Northern Region breath tested 9801 drivers over three days, with more than 30 motorists registering positive readings, which Sgt Darnell said was similar to last year.
"The breath testing, speeding and other infringements are way up on last year's figures," he said.
"It is worrying during a high visibility operation we had 683 drivers caught for speeding."
Fines were issued to 765 motorists for other offences and 29 car occupants were caught not wearing their seatbelt.
Sgt Darnell said the number of drink drivers and people caught not wearing seatbelt was on par with 2011.
He said one of the most concerning infringements detected was a 32-year-old man caught doing 162kmh in a 100kmh zone on the Pacific Highway at Tintenbar.
"Given we have all of these overhead signs and announcements in the media we were conducting Operation Slowdown, it's pretty worrying considering he was travelling at 45 metres per second."
Across the state, 124 people were charged with drink-driving during this year's operation from more than 100,000 motorists who were breath tested. This was 79 fewer than for the same period last year.
A total of 4460 people were charged with traffic offences other than speeding.